Oregonia is a popular stop along the Little Miami Bike trail that follows along the river. Each year in October, the “Devil’s Staircase” motorcycle hill climb is held near here attracting motor enthusiasts of all ages.
The now sleepy village of Oregonia sits in northwestern Washington Township, on the eastern shore of the scenic Little Miami River about five miles northeast of Lebanon. First settled by mill owners around 1802, the town was originally called Freeport, then Oregon, and finally sometime in the 1880s it became Oregonia. 6200 residents called the rolling hills home, but the area is expected to grow with the recent approval of the San Mar Gale development, the largest planned unit development in the county. Developers plan to build 2500+ homes on more than 3300 acres, with construction expected to begin in early 2008.
Oregonia is easily reachable via Interstate 71, St. Rt. 123, and Oregonia or Corwin Road.
Bethesda Medical Center at Arrow Springs offers the region state-of-the-art outpatient medical care, including 24-hour emergency services and comprehensive diagnostic testing. Across the county is the Atrium Medical Center, and just a few minutes south on I-71 is Bethesda North Hospital, one of the area’s busiest hospitals.
You’ll find basic needs in Oregonia, with most residents heading to nearby Lebanon for their shopping needs. Several major shopping malls are within a 30 minute drive.
Ideally situated in one of the region’s most active areas, residents have a lot to choose from. Kings Island, The Beach Waterpark, Great Wolf Lodge Water Park offer the thrill of roller coasters and splash parks. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the historic Ft. Ancient, Caesars Creek State Park, both the Little Miami and Lebanon Trails. Those following pro sports can choose to watch professional tennis and volleyball tournaments, or catch the motor sports at the Lebanon Raceway. Oregonia is best known as the home of Ft. Ancient. Here the remains of prehistoric mounds built by the Hopewell Indians features 18,000 feet of earthen walls built 2,000 years ago. It’s the largest prehistoric hilltop enclosure in the United States.